Posts Tagged ‘children’s picture book’

Betty Goes Bananas

January 29, 2015

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by Steve Antony

Looking for a great book about temper tantrums? This just might be the one!

Betty the gorilla is hungry and wants to eat a banana. But when that banana just won’t open, well, Betty goes a little bit bananas! Luckily Mr. Toucan is there to help.

With bright, colorful pencil illustrations, this is a fun read-aloud about not always getting your way.

Be sure to check out Antony’s other picture book, Please, Mr. Panda, for more hilarious animal fun!

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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Edgar’s Second Word

January 28, 2015

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By: Audrey Vernick

Illustrated by: Priscilla Burris

Hazel was soooo excited for her new baby brother. She planned on doing all sorts of fun things with him, especially reading. But when Edgar finally arrived, he wasn’t much different than her stuffed bunny Rodrigo! He didn’t talk, or move around much, so Hazel had to go back to waiting. One day (years later), Edgar finally said his first word! He said it with meaning! With conviction! “NO!” Surely that meant they could start playing all kinds of games? The problem was that Edgar’s first word was his only word. He said no to everything Hazel wanted to do. Still, Hazel was patient. When his second word finally comes, Hazel’s patience pays off.

Edgar’s Second Word is a great read for those who might be expecting a new sibling. It’s a sweet book full of love and well worth a read. The illustrations are simple, but colorful. You can’t help but love Hazel and little Edgar both.

Recommended for ages 4-7.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Boom Boom

January 16, 2015

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By Sarvinder Naberhaus

Illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

 BOOM BOOM! FLASH! FLASH!  A classroom of multicultural preschool children listen and watch in awe during a spring thunderstorm. One little boy is frightened by the loud noise and holds his hands over his ears but is reassured by a little girl who takes his hand and leads him outside with the rest of the class to explore and splash in puddles after the storm.  We follow the class and the 2 new friends throughout the seasons as they find insects among the summer blossoms, crunch apples and jump in leaves in the fall, and finally catch snowflakes in the winter. Naberhaus employs one or two words in a rhyming pattern as the seasons progress and the children use their senses to interact with their environment.

Chodos-Irvine uses a variety of nontraditional materials and various printmaking techniques to lead viewers through the changing landscapes and the children’s accompanying activities. This is a unique and engaging exploration of the seasons for preschoolers as well as for early readers.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

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I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

January 15, 2015

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian & Ann James

This is an eye-catching book!  The title letters are in bright primary colored capitals on a white background, with the exception of the brown, finger-written word, “dirty.”

The text is a storyteller’s dream, with short refrains that rhyme, and repetitive choruses that beg for the listener to act them out.  This may become your child’s pre-bathtime favorite.  And of course, dinosaur lovers will be thrilled with a new book to read.

First published in Australia, I’m very glad that American readers will have a chance to enjoy I’m a Dirty Dinosaur.

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January 13, 2015

By Emily Arnold McCully

Strongheart is the true story of the world’s first movie star dog. He was a new breed of dog born in Germany during the World Wars, the German Shepard, used to help the police in apprehending criminals. When the war ended, Etzel von Oeringen was sent to America to be sold. Well trained and very determined, Etzel caught the eye of a movie director named Larry Trimble. The problem was, Etzel didn’t know how to be a dog! Before Larry could film Etzel for the movies, he had to teach his dog how to play.

When Etzel finally got in front of the cameras, he was incredible! He could look sad and happy and worried, something no other movie dog had done before. In all his films, Etzel was the hero, so Larry decided to start calling him Strongheart. This is a great book for any child who has an interest in dogs. They’ll learn some fun facts about the early years of the movie, and how a German Shepard became the very first movie star dog.

Recommended for ages 5-9.

Nicki P.

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Albie’s First Word: A Tale Inspired by Albert Einstein’s Childhood

January 1, 2015

albie'sAlbie’s First Word : A Tale Inspired by Albert Einstein’s Childhood written by Jacqueline Tourville and illustrated by Wynne Evans.  When Albert Einstein was a young child, his parents worried because he didn’t talk.  His younger sister Maya chattered away but Albie said nothing.  He actively engaged in many activities and he observed but didn’t comment. According to the author’s note at the end of this title, Einstein has acknowledged his parents’ concern and the fact that they contacted a doctor. In this story the doctor makes several suggestions that he hopes will cause Albie to utter his first word but nothing works until Albie’s wonder at the universe inspires him. The illustrations include details that bring us back to the late 19th century of Einstein’s childhood, while also demonstrating that Albie is unique.  The image of preschooler Albie at a university lecture shows him standing on the chair as he focuses his gaze at the speaker. A great introduction to Albert Einstein.

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Just One More

December 23, 2014

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By Jennifer Hansen Rolli

We’ve all done it. We’ve all asked for one more push on the swing, or one more cookie, or just one more minute of sleep. Ruby is ALWAYS asking for “just one more” of so many things. Sometimes it gets to be a little to much! When she asks for one more scoop of ice cream to go on her tall, TALL stack, suddenly she looses everything! Poor Ruby.

Just One More is a cute, simple book that reminds everyone that “just one more” can end up being just one too many (except when it comes to goodnight kisses!). The large text stands out on the brightly colored background, making it a great book to read together to sound out the words, or to share with your littlest one. Ruby’s adorable expressions will make your kids want to read it “just one more” time.

Recommended for ages 2-4.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

December 16, 2014

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Jon Klassen

Sam and Dave are on a mission to dig a hole in search of something spectacular.  As they try to figure out the best strategy, the reader (and the knowing dog) see the big gems that the pair are missing.  When they fall asleep and free-fall through the deeper hole, they end up falling from above, back to where they were before…or is it?  With sepia-toned illustrations, spare text and the reader in the know, children will enjoy the surprise ending.

This story reminded of that child-like belief that you can dig a hole to China, and the illustrations brought to mind that classic, A Hole is to Dig by Ruth Krauss.  Enjoy!



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Cats? In a Book?

December 12, 2014

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Have you read all the Eric Hill Spot books multiple times and need something new? Here’s just the thing! Check out one of Viviane Schwarz’s three lift-the-flap, interactive stories featuring cats. The first, There Are Cats in This Book, introduces Andre, Moonpie and Tiny. Each is distinct. Tiny is small and red. Moonpie is given a blue, slender figure. Andre is a large yellow cat. The action begins on the cover of the book as the cats peek over the partial jacket. Once the book is open readers are in for chaotic fun with characters who speak directly to their audience…


Hello. Who are you ?… Are you nice ?… You look nice.”


and invite them to play along…


TURN/ THE/ PAGE! / You did it! You saved us. Phew!/

Can you dry us, too? / Just blow on the page

There are no cats 

In There Are No Cats in This Book the three felines decide a vacation is in order. The cats want to escape the book to see the world. The same winning elements are at play in this follow-up book: flaps, bright colors and the dialogue between characters and audience. Readers will be glad the crazy cats safely return to their book pages so they can return in another episode.

Is there a dog

Peeking over the half jacket again, Moonpie, Andre and Tiny ask, Is There a Dog in This Book? Indeed there is! A purple dog. As readers help the cats find the dog they also help the cats learn to love the dog. Readers will be moving furniture, peeking in closets and petting animals to assist the frenetic threesome and their new pal.


Whew! Readers who made it through all that craziness in one sitting need a break. Time to pet the cats and dogs.

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Planet Kindergarten

December 10, 2014

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By Sue Ganz-Schmitt

Illustrated by Shane Prigmore

3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF! The boy in this book is training to explore Planet Kindergarten on his very first mission. He checks his plans for the next day, gets his supplies with his mom, gets two thumbs up from the doctor, and prepares for lift off! It’s difficult to explore a strange new world on his own, but he doesn’t want his parents to worry, so he stands tall. His crew mates are all strange creatures. Though he’s dealing with many unusual crew members, the boy manages to make a new friend.

Planet Kindergarten is an outrageous space-themed adventure with lots of fun characters. If your child is a fan of space, or zany books, they’ll love reading this adventure. The illustrations are extremely colorful and fun, giving hints about the normal day behind the space mission. There’s even a few Star Trek references for the grown ups! You might consider reading it to prepare your little one for his or her own trip to kindergarten!

Recommended for ages 3-5.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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